December 31, 2016

I Started Biking

And it’s felt pretty damned good so far.

cycle time

I’ve been attempting to get into some regular exercise routine for a while. I’ve been dealing with random health issues for the past year and a half, and I think some of those issues are my body finally forcing me to get into better shape. Those health issues have also added to problems with anxiety and panic attacks. And nearly everything I’ve read so far says that exercise is one of the best ways to cope with anxiety.

For a while I was taking somewhat frequent walks outside. But—as I live in Michigan, the land of many seasons—the weather has turned. I don’t mind a quick walk around the block to the store in cold weather, but some serious mental roadblocks pop up when I think about walking a mile or two in sub-freezing temperatures.

I also tried cycling outside, which was nice when it happened, but again… the weather, man.

So, my wife and I broke down and ordered a stationary bike that now sits in my office. And I fucking love it.

So far, I’ve managed between 20-30 minutes of a fast (for me) pace, usually averaging around 7 miles during that time. I’ve also been able to catch up on some episodes of Cheers and a few documentaries in the process.

I’ve been consistently breaking a good sweat, getting my heart rate up, and having fun doing it. I think cycling may be my jam.

I’m not one for massive resolutions every time a new year rolls around, but I am committing myself to keeping up with cycling five days a week. I want to work in some strength training and stretching, too, but cycling is the main habit I’m working to build for now. When the warm weather starts to roll around, I’ll be ready to get out and explore on my bike. I can’t wait.